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Oulun ammattikorkeakoulu :: International collaboration
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International collaboration

We work in close collaboration with our international partners Fabrica 360 in Bulgaria, the Spanish higher education institutions Fundacion EOI Escuela de Organización Industrial as well as the Mondragon University.

The objective of our collaboration is to identify good training innovations and operation models, as well as to spread them across the participating fPlaza countries. International collaboration creates possibilities for new innovations and strengthens the competence in service design, for example.

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Eleonora Carnasa, Founder of Fabrica 360

Eleonora Carnasa is the founder of Fabrica 360 and Design Studio 8, a Service Design Practitioner and Accredited Master Trainer. Eleonora has over 2,000 hours experience in service design and storytelling coaching with multidisciplinary teams in the Netherlands, Germany, Romania and Bulgaria. Corporate and startup teams have implemented more than 20 large scale projects under her mentoring.  In her previous job as a head of the European Innovation and Information Center at the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Eleonora has managed international projects and performed innovation management assessment consultancy for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Fabrica 360, Sofia, Bulgaria

Fabrica 360 is a design and innovation agency helping people and organisations unleash their creative potential and deliver innovation at speed. The company specialises in acceleration tracks and transformation programs using service design, storytelling and creative leadership. The team consists of designers, digital nomads and innovation experts who participate in a number of national and international projects, mentor startup teams and acts as jury on entrepreneurial competition. The team is highly skilful at event management and event facilitation with over 30 workshops and master classes for the past four years. Since 2017 Fabrica 360 has represented the Service Design Network in Bulgaria.

For more information, please visit Fabrica 360's web site www.fabrica360.eu.

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Eva Curto, Programme Director

Eva, Chemical Engineer and MSc. in Environmental Engineering & Management, is currently the Director of the European Coworkings Programme and other international programmes aimed at boosting entrepreneurship at Fundación EOI. European Coworkings is an international pre-acceleration programme aimed at creating an EU network of mentors that guide entrepreneurs to internationalise their businesses in Europe.

Before joining the Innovation & Entrepreneurship department, Eva was also the Head of International Affairs at EOI, enabling partnerships with institutions in developed and developing countries (mainly in Latin America, Maghreb and Senegal), by means of training, capacity building, consultancy and research. Previously she was also the Director of International Masters in Sustainable Development and Corporate Responsibility for five years, addressing topics such CSR, Environmental Challenges, International Cooperation and Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Fundacion EOI Escuela de Organización Industrial, Madrid, Spain

Fundación EOI Escuela de Organización Industrial is a public sector state foundation, set up in 1955 with the main purpose of contributing to the modernization of the Spanish economy and industry. EOI is the dean business school in Spain and one of the first in Europe.Their motto is to enhance the skills and capabilities of their students so that they can become future leaders and generators of sustainable value for business and society as a whole. EOI has been developing ESF-funded projects for more than 20 years, always boosting entrepreneurship and SME creation at national and international levels.

For more information, please visit EOI's web site www.eoi.es.

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Valtteri Melkko, Team Coach

Valtteri works in Northern Spain as Team Coach at Mondragon Team Academy, the unit of Mondragon University. He is also leading Mondragon Team Academy actions in Finland. He has previously worked as entrepreneur, project manager and Team Coach in Finland and Brazil. 

Mondragon University, Bilbao, Spain

Mondragon University is a cooperative university, which belongs to the MONDRAGON Corporation, the leading Industrial Group in the Basque Country.

It consists of more than 260 enterprises employing 100,000 workers, combining the use of democratic methods in its organisation with special emphasis on job creation, social impact, the promotion of its workers in human and professional terms and a commitment to the development of its social environment.

Mondragon Team Academy is the Entrepreneurship and Innovation unit of Mondragon University. Mondragon Team Academy educates young entrepreneurs and change makers in Europe and globally. In Mondragon Team Academy network there are more than 1,300 young entrepreneurs learning new ways to create new companies in different countries (Spain, India, China, South Korea, Mexico). Mondragon Team Academy uses Finnish Tiimiakatemia® methodology in educating people.

More information about Mondragon Team Academy you can find at mtaworld.com.

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Terttu Savela, project manager

Terttu Savela works as a project manager at the Oulu University of Applied Sciences. Since the year 2000, she has managed several large ESF-funded projects on female entrepreneurship and leadership. Several impact studies, academic publications and pro gradu thesis have been made of these projects, and their actions have been presented in several international congresses. The fForum project, which ended in 2014, represented Finland in European Enterprise Promotion Awards. The themes of the projects have included among others establishing a company, the growth and internationalisation of companies, responsible leadership as well as entrepreneurship among immigrants. By the year 2018, around 600 women have participated in these programmes.

Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu UAS

In addition to teaching, the applied research, development and innovation work (R&D) of the Oulu University of Applied Sciences serves and supports the development of Northern Finland by renewing its business and working life. The R&D work realised through the wide range of projects is large-scale and versatile. Oulu University of Applied Sciences has around 900 students and 800 employees.

The work done at Oulu UAS for promoting entrepreneurship, and especially the entrepreneurship of women, has gained a strong position in the field and the trust of its target audience. A committed and competent group of experts is responsible for the high-quality execution of entrepreneurial activities. They have both practical and theoretical knowledge in the field. Oulu UAS constantly invests in developing its activities further and adapting into the changing needs of the surrounding society.

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Anne Keränen, Project coordinator

Anne Keränen teaches human resources and leadership, especially responsible leadership at University of Oulu. In addition, she works as a specialist in the area of HR / responsible leadership and business for higher education and companies.

University of Oulu

University of Oulu is an international science university which creates innovation for the future, well-being, and knowledge through research and education. Founded in 1958, the community includes 13,500 students and 2,800 employees, making it one of  the biggest and the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. The university consists of eight faculties and many specialized research units.

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